Deuteronomy 17:1-7 The Israelites shall not sacrifice ox or a sheep with a defect. It’s is an abomination. If an Israelite if found proven to worshipping other gods, it is an abomination, and they shall be brought outside the gates and stoned to death. There must be evidence from two to three witnesses. The witnesses shall be the first to throw the stone. The evil must be purged from the land.
Notes: To offer less than the best to God was to despise his name.
Deuteronomy 17:8-13 If cases of homicide, legal rights, or assaults are to difficult to resolve, they shall go to the place the Lord chooses and brought before the Levitical priests and judge and they will decide, and their decision must be obeyed. If they don’t obey, they shall die, for the judge in the Levitical Priesthood represents God Himself.
Notes: The decision of that tribunal would be final, and anyone refusing to abide by that court’s decision was subject to the death penalty.
Deuteronomy 17:14-20 Moses predicts that once they are settled in the land they will ask for a king like other nations, but God will choose that king among their kindred. The king shall not acquire many horses, nor shall they enter Egypt to acquire horses, for the Lord forbids the Jews from ever stepping foot in Israel again. The king shall not acquire many wives for they shall turn his heart away from the Lord with their gods. They shall not acquire for himself excessive silver and gold. The king shall write for himself a copy of the law, approved by the Levitical priests, and shall read all the days of his life so that he will learn to fear the God and keep His commandments so his heart my not lifted up above his brothers. If the King does these things, his continue will continue long, he and his children in Israel.
Notes: The king was not to rely on military strength, political alliances, or wealth for his position and authority, but he was to look to the Lord.